Falling for Chicago
18 October 2018
Of all the seasons, autumn is arguably most cherished by Midwest natives; the heat of summer fades away for a precious few months of cool, sunny weather before winter sets in. Even in the big city, Chicagoans cherish this beloved time of year when leaves change, sweaters come out of the closet and fall activities are plentiful. Wondering how to take advantage of fall in Chicago? Here are our recommendations:
Enjoy the Foliage
Although Chicago is one of the largest cities in the country, we’re home to plenty of pockets of green space, all of which turn to rich golds and reds once October comes around. If you’re downtown, there’s no better place to soak it all in than Grant Park, which is 1000M’s front yard. If you don’t mind a bit of a drive, the Chicago Botanic Garden hosts a Fall-Color Tree Walk, as well as other events throughout the month. And to admire nature on the go, take a bike ride or a run on the 606.
Through the month of October, Chicago has plenty of options for celebrating Halloween. On October 20th, the Arts in the Dark parade will take over a section of downtown, with performers, puppets, lanterns and floats that celebrate local creativity. For a creative date night, stop by the Lincoln Park Zoo for their Adults Night Out. Their pumpkin-themed October event, which is tonight, features unique animal chats, cash bars throughout the premises and scarce crowds. Can’t make it tonight? Their next event is November 29th. And since no fall season is complete without a corn maze, Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up is the perfect way to experience a classic traditioin the heart of the city (and snap a few pictures for Instagram).
One of the best ways to enjoy fall is to embrace the harvest season, cozy up to a fire and enjoy great food with good company. To get into the spirit, stop by Z Bar’s Apple Cider & Brandy event, which features the history and culture of the iconic drinks, as well as a tasting. Pair the perfect donut with your pumpkin spice latte with Stan’s Donuts seasonal flavors, which include an apple cider cake donut, a pumpkin spice old fashioned and a pumpkin pie “LeStan” — a croissant doughnut with a pumpkin pie filling. And with numerous restaurants focusing on local, seasonal ingredients, there are plenty of options to enjoy the autumn harvest.
At the intersection of city and nature, 1000M is the perfect point of departure to experience the changing seasons of Chicago. And with sweeping views of the city, Lake Michigan and Grant Park, there’s no better place to watch the leaves change. Be sure to check back on the Seek Beauty blog for spotlights on more local events.